Faculty and students at Stanford can seek funding and mentorship through Stanford Biodesign to help bring their promising projects to life.

The Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign collaborates with other entities within and outside the university to administer translational grant programs that benefit Stanford innovators and researchers. These award programs take full advantage of the funding, resources, and expertise available in Silicon Valley. Over many years, we have developed an exceptional track record in enabling selected projects to “translate” from the university into commercial development.

Our award programs provide seed funding to help promising projects bridge the gap between initial research funding and commercial investments or licenses. Importantly, recipients also receive intensive, hands-on mentorship and practical guidance to more efficiently and effectively advance their technologies toward patient care.

Learn more about these programs and how they help empower our trainees.

Spectrum Medtech Grants

Stanford Biodesign manages health technology grants within the broader National Institute of Health-funded Spectrum program. Projects chosen for these grants must have the objective of translating discoveries into novel health technologies that address important unmet health needs. The program supports projects involving medical devices and mobile technologies used for therapeutic applications and for device-based, patient-specific diagnostic applications. Stanford affiliates from any department are invited to apply for these awards.

Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grants

Funded by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and managed by the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign in partnership with Stanford Bioengineering, the Coulter program supports multidisciplinary teams of biomedical engineers and clinical scientists performing translational research on unmet healthcare needs. Teams must include both a principle investigator from a clinical department in the Stanford University School of Medicine and from the Bioengineering department, with any resulting intellectual property owned by Stanford University.

Neuroscience: Translate Grants

Created by the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford and managed by Stanford Biodesign, the Neuroscience: Translate grant program encourages teams of researchers to address unmet needs in any area of neuroscience or brain health, with the goal of bringing the resulting technologies, procedures or therapies to the world through startup companies or licensing agreements with existing companies. The program provides funding of up to $100,000 for one year. Teams must include at least two co-principal investigators from different fields, both of whom must be members or faculty affiliates of the Wu Tsai Institute. At least one faculty member must be a clinician. For each project, the intellectual property of the core technology must be owned by Stanford (not under an option or license to any entity).

UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Accelerator

The UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Accelerator offers $350,000 in seed funding annually (up to $50,000 per project) combined with customized product development and commercialization advising from experienced innovators and industry leaders to help drive promising pediatric device ideas towards market availability for patient benefit.

Biodesign Summer Extension

Each May, the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows and students from the graduate-level Biodesign Innovation course may apply for grants to pursue their projects through the summer. Recipients use this time to further de-risk their technologies, develop business plans, and line up additional funding to take their projects to the next level.

Biodesign NEXT

Students in a subset of other Stanford Biodesign courses may apply for 1 or 2 quarters of project funding through the new Biodesign NEXT extension funding program. The purpose of NEXT is to provide high-performing teams with additional time and resources to help them advance their technologies. It also extends the learning experience to help prepare aspiring innovators for careers in health technology innovation.

Robert Howard Next Step Award (no longer active)

For many years, LUNAR, a leading international design firm, selected a Stanford team to receive complimentary design and engineering consulting from their Health + Medical team to help advance a health technology project toward patient care. Teams from across Stanford were eligible to apply for this prize. Read about former winners of the Robert Howard Next Step Award online.

Please contact Linda Lucian with questions regarding these funding opportunities.